Sunday, 18 March 2007

Chained to the kitchen sink

I've seem to have spent most of the day in the kitchen.

I got my long night's sleep after dinner last night and woke up just before 6 this morning. Got up, pottered about, went for a walk to get the Sunday papers, had coffee and pineapple with the neighbours, had another walk, and then decided to make a start on the sack of freshly dug jerusalem artichokes that I wanted to turn into soup...

Anyone who has attempted to deal with Jerusalem artichokes will understand why two hours later I was still washing and scrubbing the little bastards (all the goodness is just under the skin, so peeling is a waste of time and nutrients). I hadn't realised that there were just under three kilos there. And let me tell you, that is a lot of soup. Actually, not all of them made it into the soup because I just don't have a pot big enough, nor enough room in the freezer to store it all. So eventually I made it with a kilo and a half of artichokes, some onion (about 150g), some garlic, some butter (50g) - I find jerusalem artichokes really need butter in soup - and several litres of water. Each serving will probably be around 150 - 200 cals, with lots and lots of iron (which was rather the point of the exercise).

I also baked butternut squash, and beetroot, to eat over the next couple of days. I am thinking of maybe getting some reduced fat feta and making a beetroot and feta salad, with some walnuts and some walnut oil and balsamic; or perhaps make a yoghurt and horseradish dressing... but knowing me, I'll probably just eat them plain - straight out of the fridge, onto the scales, and into my mouth.

Today's food was consumed in bits and pieces again; foraging. A plate of spinach here; eggwhites eaten as I peeled the shells off, that sort of thing. I kept thinking I just wanted someone to cook me a decent meal and serve it to me! I haven't managed to up the food calories yet. I thought I would, but right now I am not hungry for anything else. Typical. Maybe some fruit... but I am already over on carbs. We shall see.

So, today's CoM. I'd like to post pictures of the interface like Deborah does but I eat so many things a day, the screen scrolls down too far to show them all! I'm tired of chasing B12, so I've ordered some supplements, to take twice a week. Manganese today is very high... pineapple. I also had ground flaxmeal with my breakfast yoghurt rather than taking flax oil, but I don't think I will make it an every day thing.

Nutrition Summary for 18 March 2007

General (85%)
Energy | 1028.6 kcal 86%
Protein | 80.2 g 89%
Carbs | 142.4 g 119%
Fiber | 36.7 g 122%
Fat | 26.8 g 67%
Water | 1915.4 g 71%

Vitamins (99%)
Vitamin A | 56168.8 IU 2408%
Folate | 1219.3 µg 305%
B1 (Thiamine) | 1.6 mg 146%
B2 (Riboflavin) | 4.0 mg 366%
B3 (Niacin) | 27.8 mg 198%
B5 (Pantothenic Acid)| 7.9 mg 159%
B6 (Pyridoxine) | 3.7 mg 282%
B12 (Cyanocobalamin) | 2.1 µg 88%
Vitamin C | 646.7 mg 862%
Vitamin D | 445.0 IU 222%
Vitamin E | 22.8 mg 152%
Vitamin K | 1825.6 µg 2028%

Minerals (98%)
Calcium | 1194.2 mg 119%
Copper | 2.5 mg 281%
Iron | 19.5 mg 109%
Magnesium | 569.1 mg 178%
Manganese | 8.9 mg 492%
Phosphorus | 1323.4 mg 189%
Potassium | 5489.5 mg 117%
Selenium | 117.9 µg 214%
Sodium | 1167.0 mg 78%
Zinc | 13.8 mg 173%

Lipids (41%)
Saturated | 3.2 g 16%
Omega-3 | 2.1 g 192%
Omega-6 | 5.4 g 45%
Cholesterol | 3.0 mg 1%


Christina said...

There's something nice about cooking on Sundays. I find it relaxing, but then, I've never attempted cooking artichokes... :)
Thou art braver than I!

Anonymous said...

Hay- I posted about digging up jerusalem artichokes too today!- that's cool. yeah- they're so dirty! But Dragonfly had some jerusalem artichoke soup today for lunch (from our fall crop), and I had a bite- and it was so delicious- nothing is as delicious in soup the way those dirty little guys are! Yum ♥

Deborah said...

Sounds yummy!